Thursday, June 28, 2012

Teardown 1 of 5 is done, in Morningside

Five neighborhood tear-downs are complete. Here is the first.
"There are fashions in building. Behind the fashions lie economic and technological reasons, and these fashions exclude all but a few genuinely different possibilities in city dwelling construction at any one time. Page 216 ”The Death and Life of Great American Cities” - Jane Jacobs, Vintage Books Edition 1991
When you see a house in full silt-fenced, required-signage glory, you just know.

Here is house 1 of 5, house 2 of 5, house 3 of 5, house 4 of 5, and house 5 of 5, house 6 of 5. house 7 of 5.

It's a spec house by JackBilt and it sold before it was finished

Certainly a late infill, I think it was a duplex, about 1800 square feet on 0.2157 acre. The tax records said it was built in 1930. Do you think that's right?

It wasn't an eyesore. But it wasn't in the neighborhoods single-family style, old or new. I guess it was infill duplex style.

P1010423-2011-10-25-906-Amsterdam-Teardown-before-JackBiltIt In context: an earlier teardown one on the left, a brick duplex one the right.

A better view of the older teardown on the left.

This is the model for most 1/4 lot teardowns these days. Craftsman-like, deep lot fillers with a front porch.The variation is in the refinement of the detailing.

This new one will be 4651 square feet plus a garage, not a big as it could have been.

Here you are:

I think it's pretty good.

I particularly like that it's low to the ground.

I feel welcome here.

Here is house 1 of 5, house 2 of 5, house 3 of 5, house 4 of 5, and house 5 of 5, house 6 of 5. house 7 of 5.


  1. Terry,

    The original structure looks more like the 1940's.

    And, I like the new house, except it looks like the upstairs front bedrooms only have the two windows facing the street. Seems odd to me.

  2. I like it - reminds me of many of the houses in the town my grandparents lived in, Somerville NJ.


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